Carlos Alcaraz is experiencing the best year of his very young career and has a very good chance of ending the season at the top of the ATP rankings. In 2022 the young Spaniard won the US Open, two Masters 1000 and two ATP 500.
Winning his first Grand Slam this summer, the 19-year-old from Murcia has become the youngest number 1 in men's tennis history. Many insiders have already identified him as the future ruler of the ATP Tour. Juan Carlos Ferrero's player has struggled to handle the pressure on a few occasions, but it's completely normal for a boy his age.
Carlos sustained an abdominal injury during the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, a hitch he didn't want on the eve of the ATP Finals. The Iberian will undergo some tests in these days, with the hope of showing up in Turin in good condition.
To ease the tension, he was asked at a press conference what significance his bizarre exultation has after each victory.
Carlos Alcaraz: "This is how my exultation was born!"
Alcaraz told: "It's no secret!
I make the glasses gesture because I have a group of friends called Team Lupas" This is where that exultation comes from. Since 2019 I have been working with a psychologist. It was very useful for my career, I learned a lot from him.
I have matured thanks to the experiences I have had, but without him it would have been impossible for me to remain stable at 19 and play in the most important stadiums in the world. I've always dreamed of becoming number 1, but I never imagined I would be able to do it at 19.
Now the opponents have a different attitude when they play against me, but that's normal. They tend to be very aggressive and do everything they can to beat me. This is the difference I've felt since I've been number 1."